Chapter 5: How Understanding Impacts Ethics and Privacy
From the Book: The Refractive Thinker®: Vol IV: Ethics, Leadership, and Globalization


Summary

This chapter explores the understanding level of Highly Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (HSPII) by the IT professional. HSPII is defined as information which can be used to discern or to trace an individual’s identity either alone or when combined with other information which is held in the public domain. The IT professional’s understanding of the HSPII program is an essential component of protecting HSPII data. As the technologies being used continue to improve, so too should the understanding of how to protect the data.

In addition to the insights gained from the study presented in this article an exploration of privacy and ethical practices are explored. Individual privacy and ethical practices in the IT field and the organizational environment are key stories in the media. The amount and types of data collected by organizations today continues to grow. Of particular concern are policies and procedures that organizations incorporate to maintain the data.
The amount and types of data collected by organizations today continues to grow. Of particular concern are policies and procedures that organizations incorporate to maintain the data. This chapter is to highlight the importance of the IT professional having a sound understanding of HSPII programs. This chapter explores the following areas: a discussion of privacy, ethical considerations, the methodology of the study performed, and the results of the study. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the study’s findings.
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